Wallace Wade Stadium, Durham

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'''Brooks Field at Wallace Wade Stadium is a 40,000-seat stadium on the campus of Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, United States. Primarily used for American football, it is the home field of the Duke Blue Devils. It opened in 1929 with a game against Pitt, as the first facility in Duke's new west campus. Originally named Duke Stadium, it was renamed in 1967 for football coach Wallace Wade and has remained Wallace Wade Stadium ever since.HistoryThe stadium is notable for being the site of the 1942 Rose Bowl Game. Duke had won the invitation to the game as the eastern representative. However, the attack on Pearl Harbor, just weeks after the end of the 1941 season, led to fears of a Japanese attack on the West Coast. General John L. DeWitt, commander of the Western Defense Command, advised the Tournament of Roses Association not to hold the game at the Rose Bowl Stadium itself, since he was not willing to take a chance on the Japanese choosing to stage a bombing raid on a stadium with over 90,000 people in attendance. Soon afterward, the government banned all large public gatherings on the West Coast, which ruled out Bell Field on the campus of Oregon State, the host team from the PCC, as an alternative venue. The Tournament of Roses Association originally planned to cancel the game, but Duke officials invited the Rose Bowl and Oregon State to Durham to play the game. The offer was accepted, and on a cold, rainy January 1, 1942, 56,000 fans, 22,000 of whom sat on bleachers borrowed from nearby NC State and UNC, watched the heavily favored Blue Devils fall to the strong defense of the Beavers 20-16. It is still the only time the game has been played outside of Pasadena, California.
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  • February 8, 2017
    After the addition of the tower and the new seats, this really is a nice place to come watch a game. The seats are comfortable, and the concourse and areas surrounding the stadium have really been upg...  more »
  • December 26, 2016
    Took in a game here and was surprised a the lack of amenities. Food trucks and port a potties! With such a highly endowed school I was shocked how it compared with other ACC venues.  more »
  • November 22, 2016
    Visited Duke to see Virginia Tech play and got two rewards! Tech won! And we got to be in Wallace Wade Stadium to witness it! Security was tightest of any (including all major league) sporting event w...  more »
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  • November 18, 2016
    Amazing since the renovation! The new tower in the stadium is truly a work of art and very luxurious. You can walk around just about the stadium through the concourse and there many different good food options. Great place to see a football game.
  • May 17, 2017
    Was too cold. Make it more warmer.
  • December 29, 2016
    Nice football stadium. I like that they have actual seats instead of bleachers. Tons of food options and plenty of bathrooms.
  • December 3, 2016
    Great stadium. Great games and good entertainment. One sad thing: only junk food available there.
  • November 19, 2016
    The walk thru campus to get to the stadium is amazing due to the architecture but once in the stadium it's such a laid back place until the band gets playing and then it gets lively!

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